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DOT's high-speed rail funding decision attracts fans, foes

(The following appeared on the Progressive Railroading website on May 10, 2011.)

Yesterday’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) of which applicants won a share of $2 billion in redistributed high-speed rail funds drew praise in some rail circles and criticism from two congressmen.

USDOT officials redirected $2 billion in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds initially intended for Florida to Amtrak and 15 states. The grants will provide an “unprecedented” investment to increase train speeds in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), enable the Midwest to expand service, and help states purchase new locomotives and rail cars, according to a press release.

Full story: Progressive Railroading

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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